9/25/2011

Ko no Su Dolls

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nerimono "twisted" clay dolls - see below
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Ko no Su Dolls 鴻巣人形 Konosu ningyoo
Saitama prefecture, Konosu, Town Koonosu




Kōnosu earned the nickname "Doll Town" for its many "Hina Ningyo" (a type of Japanese doll) factories. Kōnosu is also called "Flower town." It has several flower markets, and many flowers purchased in Tokyo and Kantō region are grown in Kōnosu. The most popular flower in the city is the pansy, which is also the city's official flower.
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Dolls from Ko no Su

In Konosu, dolls are produced one by one by the hands of skilled craftsmen. Such Japanese traditional culture as doll manufacturing and associated sense of beauty spread to other parts of Japan, and is handed down through the generations.


source : www3.city.kounosu.saitama.jp


akamono, aka mono 赤もの red things (for good luck)


. Daruma, Smallpox and the color Red .


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鴻巣だるま Konosu Daruma 鴻巣達磨

Daruma Doll from the Early Showa Period


© PHOTO : www.japan-toy-museum.org


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Here is a collection with one BIG Daruma!


© PHOTO : shuugetu.casse.jp

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A whole group of them !


© PHOTO : s-maturi.la.coocan.jp

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ashitsuki daruma 足つきダルマ / 足付きダルマ 
Daruma with legs,

made by Konosu Town Tachiya Doll Shop 埼玉県鴻巣市 太刀屋人形

They are papermachee daruma with extra red legs to stand on. They used to be made as one of the "small red things from Konosu town" (鴻巣の赤物)


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akamono, aka mono 赤もの red things (for good luck)

They ward off smallpox and other diseases of children. Also to ward off evil generally.
Some are made quite simple as

The most favorite subjects are



kuma nori Kintoki 熊乗り金時 Kintaro on a bear



tai nori Kintoki 鯛乗り金時 Kintaro on a sea bream

Kintoki is the local name for Kintaro, the Strong Boy.
His toys are bought with the wish for a strong and healthy child.




taiguruma, tai guruma 鯛車 sea bream on wheels
The God of Diseases is invited to sit on this red fish and swim away in the nearest river.


These "red things" are an important cultural property of Japan.


. Kintaro and Daruma だるま抱き金太郎 .

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nerimono 練り物 "twisted" clay dolls



nerimono 練り物 "twisted" clay dolls
made with clay or raw natural glue and chips of paulownia, leftover from woodcarving of furniture and other dolls. This paste is pressed into molds and later colored.

Together with the nerimono from Iwatsuki in Saitama, they are the most popular "seasonal dolls" in Kanto.
The tradition goes back to the clay dolls of Fushimi, Kyoto, and have been handed down in the Sekiguchi family 関口家, in the store Yoshimiya 吉見屋, since about 1580.

The akamono are the most popular among the nerimono.

They come in traditional forms (above) and some more modern ones.


. Kagawa nerimono 練り物 by Oosaki Toyogoroo 大崎豊五郎 .

. Kanazawa no nerimono 金沢の練り物 hand-twisted toys .
Ishikawa prefecture

. Ise no nerimono 伊勢の練り物 twisted clay dolls from Ise Shrine .
Mie Folk Art - 三重県


Wakayama, Goboo town 御坊市 Gobo
Tenjin and Daruma

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shoobu taichi 菖蒲太刀 iris sword
For the Boy's Festival on May 5. They are made from wood and can be up to 1 meter long.

. Musha ningyoo 武者人形 Samurai Dolls .
for the Boy's Festival

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aka Tenjin 赤天神 red Tenjin sama
kuro Tenjin 黒天神 black Tenjin sama
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. Tenjin sama - INTRODUCTION .

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kamishimobina, kamishimo hina 裃雛
hina dolls in kamishimo robes




kosei bina 古製雛 old hina dolls


. Hina Doll Festival (hina matsuri 雛祭り) .
March 3


source : http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/

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. Daruma, Smallpox and the color Red .

. Regional Folk Toys from Japan .

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1 comment:

anonymous said...

Thank you for the excellent link. We love Japanese Hina Ningyo and have a large set.
Our trip is back on and we are set to return to Japan in April of next year. Pray that all goes well.

SMiles
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